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The Quaint Plans for American Cities, as We Envisioned Them 200 Years Ago

New York in 1776, Charleston in 1780, Baltimore in 1801.

Boston's Outgoing Mayor Spent 20 Years Putting His Name on Everything

Thomas M. Menino leaves his successor with a particular problem.

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The Forgotten History of How Cities Almost Killed the Common Squirrel

At last, historians have charted the great "squirrel experiments" of the 1800s, which saved the humble creature from urban extinction.

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We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do

Car culture may not be making us sick. Cities aren't necessarily healthier than suburbs.

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Imagining the U.S. Supreme Court Covered in Solar Panels

Alongside every other building in Washington, D.C.

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America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor

Median incomes have been growing the fastest, however, in a very different part of the country.

Please, Allow Yahoo! Autocomplete to Insult Your City

This wonderfully poisonous map shows what Yahoo!'s search engine thinks of places, such as "Chicago is so two years ago" and "Philadelphia is ugly."

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3 U.S. Metro Areas Have Economies Larger Than Sweden

And other eye-popping comparisons.

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The Evolution of How We Build Airports

The shift from close-in spaces to far-flung outposts like Denver International reflects changes not only in travel, but in the culture.

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What Boston Can Teach Us About Linked City Parks

The city's "emerald necklace" is a 1,100-acre chain of green spaces connecting the Boston Common to five additional parks and an arboretum.

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David Ortiz Came in (a Very Distant) Third in Boston's Mayoral Election

Bostonians really do love their baseball.

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Boston's City Hall Wants New, Locally Sourced Hold Music

It's replacing boring elevator tunes with ... #BOStunes.

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Election Day 2013: Races to Watch

Miami Beach and Minneapolis are neck-and-neck for "most entertaining" mayoral campaign season.

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Will the U.S. Ever Get High-Speed Rail Anywhere?

California is on its way, and the Midwest, the Northeast Corridor, and Texas all have plans of their own.

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Watch These Puppets Rap About Bike Safety

You've never been preached to this way before.

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Where Even the Middle Class Can't Afford to Live Any More

Some startling math from the country's most expensive cities.

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Chinatowns Are Gentrifying at an Alarming Rate

According to a new study, the Asian population is falling rapidly; and real estate prices are sky-rocketing.

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Why It's Easier to Sympathize With Boston's Police Chief than New York's

A few months after the marathon bombing, Ed Davis talks about civil liberties with more nuance than Ray Kelly.

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Are Mega-Projects Really As Bad As Everyone Says?

It's hard to build anything ambitious these days without being second-guessed. But maybe we're not judging them on the right criteria.